Toby Sinclair

Backstory | Values | Purpose | Vision | Strategy

“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.” -  Victor Frankl

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Backstory: Journey to Now

Helping others was a big part of Toby’s upbringing. His parents are long time change agents in the charity sector. As result from an early age, Toby would meet people from all walks of life; Homeless, Addicts, Low-income families and many others. Because of this, Toby learned from an early age how to build empathy and connect with people. He also learned the impact passionate change agents can have on social issues. As a result, Toby was naturally drawn to Coaching as a profession. Now a certified professional business and executive coach he is a change agent helping organisations and people achieve their full potential.

 

In his teenage years, Toby developed a fascination with technology. This started with building websites for local charities and community projects. This grew Toby’s passion and curiosity for the power of the internet. Because of this, Toby studied e-Business at the University of Liverpool, graduating with First Class Honours.

 

In the first 7 years of Toby’s career (2007 - 2014) he worked as a Software Testing Consultant across several industries. This variety helped Toby develop his ability to learn and build relationships quickly. Some of this learning was sparked by a book gifted to him in his first role “The 7 habits of highly effective people” by Stephen Covey. This book sparked a passion and interest in self-development which continues to this day. Reading over 100 books a year, Toby continues to learn new habits and routines to maximise his impact on the world.

 

A pivotal moment during these years was joining a consultancy start-up, RoqIT, as their third employee (2009). Toby worked directly with the founders to define business strategy, organisational values and the delivery approach. Many of Toby’s business and leadership skills were developed during these years. Now a larger company, the values Toby helped to build still remain.

 

In the past 7 years, Toby has been working with JP Morgan Chase to transform their 8,000 person technology organisation (2014 - now). Toby’s transformation leadership has helped improve the effectiveness of many teams and leaders over this time. The impact created by Toby led him to be one of the quickest and youngest promotions to Executive Director within the department. 

 

Another pivotal moment during his time at JP Morgan was gaining a deeper experience of coaching. Toby had worked as an Agile “Coach” but over time he realised he knew little about professional coaching. This led to several years of self-discovery to understand the essence of professional coaching and the areas in which Toby needed to grow. Toby has shared this personal journey at several industry conferences to help inspire other coaches.

 

Toby is proud of the balance he’s found in his life - the size, scope and responsibility of Toby’s current role can bring a lot of pressure. Toby is proud that throughout he has been able to balance his mental, physical and spiritual health. This doesn’t come easy and crafting this balance is one of Toby’s ongoing personal development goals.

 

Today what excites Toby is working with organisations with inspiring leaders who want to create a positive impact in the world. He is excited to be working with business leaders who want real change beyond the buzzwords. He is inspired by leaders who embrace change at a personal level, often transforming many parts of their lives. He is optimistic about the impact future leaders will have in the world and how coaching can help them achieve their potential.

 

Toby believes that his purpose is to develop organisations and their change agents to solve the world's biggest challenges. By doing this he believes the world's biggest problems can be and will be solved.

My Values

LEARNING

EMPATHY

COMMUNITY

ADAPTABILITY

MEANING

Purpose: Reason to exist

Develop organisations to bring people joy and fulfilment

Vision: Aspiration for the future

Today:​

  • 85% of employees are not engaged in the workplace

  • 69% of employees say they’d work harder if they were better appreciated

  • 33% of employes cite boredom as a primary reason for leaving

 

A positive change in these statistics will result in:

 

  • Organisations deliver products that add value to their lives, bringing people joy and fulfilment.

  • Employees work in environments where they have autonomy, purpose and feel psychologically safe.

  • Teams become the primary building block for business delivery. 

  • Organisations have a better balance between profit and purpose. Taking more responsibility for their social and environmental impact.

  • The C-Level and Senior Management act as high performing Leadership Teams rather than groups of individuals.

  • Diversity is valued as a key ingredient of business success rather than something managed by numbers. The working environment is more inclusive and promotes belonging.

  • Leaders see people more than just resources (in fact the term is not even used!). They trust their employees and support them to achieve their full potential.

Strategy

How I plan to live my values, align to my purpose and achieve my vision

Work with C-Level Executives to:

  • Understand the systemic factors that inhibit joy and fulfilment in the workplace.

  • Design organisation structures that are adaptive, organised around value, promote psychological safety and harness the power of high performing teams.

  • Build a high performing Senior Leadership team. Their role model will inspire others to become a great team.

 

Work with Product Leaders to:

  • Define and deploy Product Strategy in a way that leads to high engagement from everyone involved in the delivery.

  • Develop teams to become cross-functional, multi-skilled rather than groups of specialized individuals.

  • Reduce barriers between the teams and customers so that the team can feel like value creators rather than order-takers.

 

Work with Talent Executives/HR departments to:

  • Create programs that teach change agents the personal skills required to create impactful change.

  • Deliver programs that improve the coaching skills of managers so they can better manage themselves and others.

  • Identify and introduce systemic interventions that sustainably deliver diversity, inclusion and belonging.


 

Work with Non-Profit Organisations:

  • Act as Volunteer Mentor and Coordinator with a Homeless Charity (Currently C4WS) 

  • Advise and Coach Change Agents within the Non-Profit and Social Enterprise sector.

  • Donate 5% of earnings towards causes that focus on Climate Change, Homelessness and Poverty.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Helping people accelerate their personal development.

TEAM

DEVELOPMENT

Developing high performance leadership teams and delivery teams.

ORGANSATION

DEVELOPMENT

Designing organisations to be highly adaptive and responsive in competitive environments.

Certified Professional

To become a certified professional coach takes many years of training and practice. I'm certified with the International Coaching Federation as a Professional Coach. To achieve this certificate required:

  • 162hrs of Accredited Training with Barefoot Coaching

  • Completion of a Coach Competency Assessment

  • 500hrs of coaching conversations

  • Regular Coach Supervision

  • Demonstrate adherence coaching ethics and standards 

Conference

Conference Talks

A sampler of the conferences I have been invited to speak at:

  • Agile 2019 (Washington DC) – Reflective Writing for your Self-Care toolkit

  • Agile 2018 (San Diego) – Agile Coaching v Professional Coaching

  • Test Bash 2017 (Brighton, UK) – Introduction to Professional Coaching Workshop

  • Agile Testing Days 2015 (Berlin) – Experiments at Scale: How to test an idea 

Charity Work

Professional Coaching can have dramatic impacts on individuals and communities. My charity work includes:

  • Pro-bono Coaching

  • Pro-bono Web Development

  • Volunteering

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